January Highlander Hike
Lake Temescal Loop
Length – 1.1 mi / Elevation gain – 95 ft / Route type: Loop
Lake Temescal Loop is a moderately trafficked trail located near Oakland that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers several activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs on a leash can accompany you on this trail.
Lake Temescal is truly an oasis, despite its location within a busy metropolis. While you walk the loop, keep an eye out for birds such as ducks, Canadian geese, cormorants, and kingfishers. With spring right around the corner, you may see wild onions, lilies, and other flowers in bloom on the west edge of the lake. Be sure to take your time as you walk and appreciate the tranquility of the park!
When you arrive, park in the north entrance parking lot off Broadway Avenue. From there, follow the main path across the lawn area and turn left onto the Dam Trail. After 500 ft, take a right before the crosswalk and proceed onto the East Shore Trail. Head south along the lake for .41 miles where you’ll end at a grassy lawn with redwood trees. Near the beginning of the West Shore Trail, look for a dirt path leading through the redwoods that will connect to the Oak Bay Trail. Follow this trail for .4 miles to return to the north playground, picnic areas, and parking lot.